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Afghanistan solution

Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations calls for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Afghanistan that is emerged from a free and fair election. Addressing a Security Council meeting, Majid Takht-Ravanchi expressed concerns over the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan. He said terrorists, like Daesh, must not be allowed to operate in the country. The Iranian diplomat also condemned a recent attack by the Taliban on Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, where there was a resistance against the group. Takht-Ravanchi described the attack as unjustifiable and condemnable. He stressed that Afghanistan’s dire situation, where millions need humanitarian assistance to live by, is the direct result of the 20-year US war in the country. He noted that war crimes by foreign forces in Afghanistan must not go unpunished.

Stop Afghanistan breakdown

The United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan urges the world to keep money flowing into the country despite concerns over a Taliban government. Deborah Lyons said safeguards must be created to ensure that the transferred money would be spent where it is needed and NOT misused by the de-facto authorities. The UN envoy added that there were QUOTE credible allegations that the Taliban carried out reprisal killings despite their promises of a general amnesty. She said the premises of the United Nations in Afghanistan have been respected for the most part. She, however, stressed that the world body is increasingly worried by a growing number of harassments and intimidations against national staff of the UN.

Syria settlement

Thousands of Syrian civilians are returning home in the southwestern city of Dara’a after the exit of foreign-backed militants under a settlement agreement.

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